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Debunking the Fukushima Spent Fuel Fable

By Rod Adams
May 11, 2012

Debunking the Fukushima Spent Fuel Fable by Rod Adams (May 21, 2012)


There is a scary myth floating around the internet. According to the tall tale, the spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi unit four poses a dire threat to all mankind.



As I explain in the above video, nothing could be farther from the truth. The sources of the lies have a well established history of lying to the public about themselves, about nuclear technology and about the possibilities of accidents. The quartet most closely associated with this myth are Robert Alvarez, Arnie Gundersen, Kevin Kamps and Paul Gunter. All of them were quoted in a story that ran on Alternet.org titled The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima a Ticking Time-Bomb

I have some friends who are working on a detailed technical response to Alvarez’s fear mongering fable. I’ve seen the draft; it is undergoing additional independent verification, but I expect that I will be able to provide a link sometime later today.

You might want to watch for it on the ANS Nuclear Cafe; I am planning to be busy this afternoon playing with my 2 year old granddaughter. In the meantime, I felt I just had to respond to do what I could to pour some calming information onto the stirred up waters in an attempt to calm fear and trembling.

If you appreciate my explanation and my exposure of the shaky technical backgrounds of the “Nuclear Experts” quoted in the Alternet.org story, please spread it around. There is nothing here to fear.

Rod Adams

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Additional reading

Idaho Samizdat (April 17, 2012) Argh! Debunking some nuclear nonsense

Robert Alverez, an energy analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies, is now circulating comments on the Internet that all of the contents of all the spent fuel pools at Fukushima represent a risk to the entire planet. His writings. with this exaggerated description of risk, have been picked up in Japan by Akio Matsumura, who has a wide international following.

Alverez has written extensively about spent fuel pools and is widely quoted in the news media about it. Most have accepted uncritically his claim that the entire contents of the spent fuel pool at Fukushima reactor #4 are at risk of spontaneously converting themselves into a radioactive cloud of contamination. This simply is not true.

Mr. Alverez is not a nuclear engineer. He was an Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration. Since then he has been an “analyst” at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where he writes regularly on energy topics.



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